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Judge Jimmie and Stacy Edwards
Jan K Huneke, Co- Chair Barry Cervantes, Frank Rassieur, Judge Jimmie and Stacy Edwards
Judge Jimmie Edwards, Judge Michael Burton
Judges Jimmie Edwards and Michael Burton, Voices for Children's 2013 Community Superheroes
When separation threatened a tight-knit pair of abused and neglected young siblings, a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) stepped in to give them a voice. “Their sibling bond was so strong that the CASA fought for them to stay together, and a family did end up adopting them together,” says Voices for Children CEO Jan Huneke, recalling her first experience leading the life-changing organization. “This had a huge impact on them as children and adults.”
For the second year, in a tight competition with less than 20 votes separating the top two churches, St. Paul's Catholic Church, Fenton, beat out St. Dominic Savio, Affton, to win Friendship Village Sunset Hills' Fourth Annual Quilting Competition. Several hundred voted in the week's competition and display of quilts from area churches at Fountain View, the freestanding assisted-living community at Friendship Village Sunset Hills. Pictured: Erlinda Madridondo, Ruth Finder, Donna Robinson and Mary Haukap (kneeling) proudly display their winning quilt.
Rick Teitelman, Stacy and Judge Jimmie Edwards, Karen Kalish
Stacy and Judge Jimmie Edwards
JUDGE JIMMIE EDWARDS, FOUNDER OF INNOVATIVE CONCEPT ACADEMY, addressed an inspired crowd at the Walker Speaker Series at Webster University? Edwards was named People magazine’s 2011 Hero of the Year for his work with children in the juvenile court systems. Pictured: The Hon. Jimmie Edwards with Webster dean Benjamin Akande.
From his seat on the bench of the City of St. Louis’ Circuit Court, Judge Jimmie Edwards had just about seen it all: He has presided over trials involving the most heinous of crimes—and he has sentenced to people to death. Many of the accused who have been brought before his court were the dregs of society, but he says the irony in all of it was that too often, he saw himself. “But for the grace of God that would have been me.”
Party on, Garth! Comedian DANA CARVEY (Wayne’s World, Saturday Night Live) has been confirmed as the opener for the 24th annual Bob Costas benefit for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, to be held Saturday, April 21, at the Fox Theatre. The event’s headliner, as well as ticket information, will be announced shortly. Stay tuned!
Judge Jimmie Edwards interacts with Today show crew during filming in St. Louis this month.
Next stop, Broadway…The highlight of the 2010-2011 Repertory Theatre of St. Louis season will be the world premiere of the Broadway-bound play High, starring actress and Missouri native KATHLEEN TURNER. The MATTHEW LOMBARDO-penned production about a recovering alcoholic nun (Turner) and the 19-year-old drug addict she tries to help will be directed by ROB RUGGIERO. Turner, whose film credits include Body Heat, Prizzi’s Honor and The Virgin Suicides, also starred in the Broadway adaptation of The Graduate.